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13th November, 2022

Adamstown Parish Newsletter

Weekend of Sat 12th & Sun 13th November 2022 

Volume 22.  Number 45



The next draw in the Adamstown Lotto takes this Monday 14th November in the Community Centre for a Jackpot of  €15,000. Keep on buying the tickets – it could just be you next time. Please leave books back in Cullen’s shop by 8pm on draw night.


Line Dancing will take place in Adamstown Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd November at 10.30am

Excellent for Strong Bones, Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Meeting new people, Great fun while you exercise.

Come along and check it out.

Please call Sarah 087 9792483 for more information or to book your place. You won’t be sorry!


A hearty welcome to Declan Ivers, our new postman who has replaced his long-serving predecessor Billy White.

Declan is a native of Enniscorthy and has spent many years with An Post. The Postal Service in Ireland originated in the 16th century. Firstly bringing the mail at first, to a few major towns. At first there were Post Boxes in the streets of Dublin. Bellmen, walking the streets, would ring their bells to draw the attention of people and to collect letters to be posted.

In 1789 mail coaches then commenced, the first being from Dublin to Cork. The introduction of The Penny Black, the first adhesive postage stamp made the service available to the general public. Mail boats, trains and bicycles, contributed to the extension of the distribution of letters. In 1918 tragedy struck when 500 passengers, many of them belonging to the Mail Company, were drowned off the RMS Leinster in the third week of November. We remember in our prayers all those who brought the post to us, often in the most inclement weather, especially the excitement of Christmas bringing Cards and parcels.

May they rest in peace.


Thanks to Maura & Lorna Cullen, & all the staff of Cullen’s, Adamstown for facilitating the gathering last Saturday night to remember the first Threshing Day in 2002. It was well attended and everyone enjoyed seeing the DVD of that day twenty years ago, with thanks to Ger. It was hugely appreciated and enjoyed, lots of laughs & comments on what was the first of sixteen wonderful Threshing Days with donations being made to Sr. Helen Delaney & sixteen other recipients far and wide. Looking at the DVD, you couldn’t but remember with nostalgia all those men and women who gave so willingly of their time and helped out down the years and are now sadly no longer with us, may their gentle souls rest in peace.

Thanks to the ladies who served refreshments and for the lovely pictures & photos on display – everyone enjoyed a lovely night. Occasions like this are missed in the Parish.


Well done to the Adamstown football team who defeated a strong Garristown (Dublin) team in the Leinster Quarter Final Club Championship last Saturday at Balgriffin. Final score was St. Abbans 2 -0 7; Garristown 1- 08. They now go forward to the Semi-Final in Westmeath on Saturday 19th November when they play Multyfarnham, and we wish them continued success.

Team was: Alan Bradley, Michael Curtis, Lorcan French, Kevin Dunleavy, Andrew Boland (capt); Michael Furlong (0-1); Páiric Wickham, Graham O’Reilly, Tony French, Dean Kehoe (1-0); Paudie Barden (1-1); Seán Barden, Colum Feeney, Conor Hickey (0-4); Rúarí O’Brien (0-1).

Subs: Harry Cosgrave, James Dunleavy, Barry Power.


Not to be outdone the U-16 Ladies captured the Ferrycarrig Tree Care Ladies Football U-16 Div 1 Shield in St. Patrick’s Park when they defeated St. Fintans. Final score Adamstown 0-15 St. Fintans 2 -02. The team was;

Eva O’Gorman, Aoife McCabe, Ella Furlong, Shannon Redmond, Kate Flood, Sjoke Finn, Molly Cloney, Eilis Roche (capt) (0-2); Bridin Quigley (0-1); Phena Quigley, Erin McDonald (0-8); Grainne English (0-1); Niamh Kehoe (0-1); Caragh McDonald (0-2); Laura O’Gorman. Subs: Kiera Wilson, Róisin Colfer, Maeve Galway, Kate Whelan, Megan Martin, Ciara Sinnott, Sophie Meyers, Ella Meyers, Mia Siggins. Well done to all involved.


We send good wishes to the Senior Ladies who play Clonee in the League Final in St. Patrick’s Park this Saturday 12th Nov.


May our struggles and our concern for this planet never take away the joy of our hope. God, who calls us to generous commitment, offers us the light and the strength needed to continue. In the heart of the world, the Lord of life, who loves us so much, does not abandon us, for he has united himself definitively to our earth, and his love constantly impels to find new ways forward.  (Wexford Parish Newsletter)


Mass will be celebrated for deceased past pupils and staff in the College Chapel on Sun 20th Nov at 7pm. Past pupils and family members of deceased are cordially invited to attend. Refreshments will be served in the College immediately following the mass. For further info contact:

Declan Cloney, President St. Peters College PPU,

Tel: 086 8088678 or David Power PRO at 087 7971077


Religious Calendars will be available in the Church porch from this weekend costing €2.00, please put money in candelabra box.



Sat 12th – Jimmy Colfer, The Leap (A)

Sun 13th – Thomas (Cha) Sinnott, Dungarvan (Month’s Mind)

                Mary Kate Sinnott, Dungarvan (A) also

                 Michael Lawlor, Knockreigh (A)

Sat 19th – People of the Parish

Sun 20th – Mary Teresa Delaney & Michael Delaney, Brocurra (A)

May they rest in peace.

Mass every week morning at 9.30am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Thursday 10.00am – 3pm.


Sat 12th – Eoghan Greene.  Sun 13th – Ann Ryan

Sat 19th – Annette English.   Sun 20th – Betty O’Shea

Sat 26th – Ellie Walsh            Sun 27th – Sheelagh Delaney

Sat 3rd Dec – Liam Whelan   Sun 4th – Neasa Cloney


A Saint Padre Pio Healing Mass will be held in St. Abban’s Church, Adamstown on Friday 18th November 2022 at 7.30pm. Individual Blessings with St. Pio’s Glove.

Concelebrated Mass by Fr. Bryan Shortall O.F.M. and Fr. Robert Nolan.


We shall Remember Them

November Masses for the Holy Souls as follows:

Monday Nov 21st – Tomgarrow, Misterin, Rathkyle & Adamstown.

Tuesday  Nov 22nd – Oldcourt, Brocurra, Doononey & Fairfields.

Wednesday Nov 23rd – Glenour, Ballyvergin, Rathsilla & The Barracks.

Thursday Nov 24th – Newtown, The Leap, Knockreigh & Coonogue.

Friday Nov 25th – Kellystown, Chapel, Raheenduff & Woodview Drive.

Sat Nov 26th – For all who have died during the year.

Each evening we will gather in St.Abban’s Oratory at 7.30pm

All present will receive a candle, which will be left lighting before the Blessed Sacrament after Mass.

You are welcome to come every night or any other night.

Please note: Pious List envelope & page for you to list the names of those you wish to have included in the above Masses is this year included in your Weekly Envelope Box -(envelope colour blue) please fill in and return.


Confessions will be heard on Saturday at 7pm before the Vigil Mass & on Sundays before 10.30am Mass


We remember this week the Dedication Ceremony of St. Abban’s Church which took place on 10th November 1844. We remember in our prayers all the priests who ministered in St. Abbans in those 178 years.


James Francis Pantridge was born outside the village of Hillsborough, Co. Down in 1916. He grew up on a small farm, he studied medicine in Queen’s University, Belfast qualifying in 1939 at the outbreak of WW2. He applied for a commission in the Army Medical Corps, and was called up in 1940. He was posted to the Far East; during the fall of Singapore he displayed great courage under heavy fire and was later awarded with the Military Cross. Frank was captured as a prisoner of war and held in the notorious Changi POW camp. He was then transported to Thailand join the thousands of prisoners slaving on the infamous Siam-Burma railway. Over 7,000 prisoners worked on what was described as the Death Railway, Frank was among the few hundred who survived. Following three and a half years of brutal Japanese cruelty he developed beriberi. At the end of the war his body was just skin and bone and he weighed under five stone. He decided that if the survived the war, he would specialise in cardiology. In 1946 he worked with America’s leading electro-cardiologists while on a scholarship to the University of Michigan. Cardiac arrest happens when a diseased heart’s rhythm is disturbed and it beats erratically. Frank believed that death could be prevented by applying a short but massive electric shock to the heart. In 1965 with the help of John Geddes, he invented the first defibrillator using car batteries for the electrical supply. However, because it needed two men to carry it, it was very awkward to use. He used new NASA technology and by 1968 his new design weighed only 3 kilos. It was soon adapted throughout the world and recognised as a key tool in first aid. Every year in this country almost 5,000 people die from sudden cardiac arrest. Today there are over 10,000 mobile defibrillators in Ireland. They can be found in workplaces, hotels, airports, sports gyms and community centres. We must not forget that this wonderful mobile defibrillator was invented by Dr. Frank Pantridge, he had no interest in making money from it, and is often called the father of emergency medicine. He died on Dec 26th 2004.

(Martin Gleeson – Ireland’s Own)

REFLECTION – You Get What You Give

It’s a universal law:

You have to give before you get.

You must plant your seeds

before you reap the harvest.

The more you sow, the more you’ll reap.

In giving to others, you’ll find yourself blessed.

The law works to give you back

more than you have sown.

The giver’s harvest is always full.

Those that obtain have little,

Those who scatter have much.

Nature does not give to those who will not spend.



Lord, Thank you for the older generation. For the strong roots of faith that have anchored my family and my community. For the branches of love that have sheltered us. May our tree of faith continue to grow strong and bear fruit for generations. Amen.

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